What Exactly Is Intercessory Prayer?

The phrase “intercessory prayer” may be unfamiliar to some Christians. Others think this kind of prayer is only for a select few who are specially anointed. But the truth is that all believers are called to intercede as part of a strong prayer and faith life.

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Jesus Himself showed us how to do this. His prayer for the Disciples in John 17 is one of the most powerful examples of intercession in the Bible.

“‘Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one … While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me … My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one’” (John 17:11-12, 15).

What Is Intercessory Prayer?

Intercessory prayer, sometimes called “standing in the gap,” is essentially lifting up the needs and concerns of others to God. And it is an expression of agape, or selfless, love.

The Merriam Webster definition of intercession reads, “prayer, petition, or entreaty in favor of another.” The root word is intercede, which means to mediate between parties.

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SOURCE: Cross walk, Heather Adams

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